How to Hang a Heavy Mirror or Picture

How to Hang a Heavy Mirror or Picture

Need to hang a heavy mirror or picture? Use
these helpful tips to hang it safely in the perfect spot. You’ll need to check a few things before
you buy the hardware. First, know what type of wall you have: drywall, plaster, or masonry.
To see if you have drywall or plaster, push a tack into the wall. If it goes in easily,
it’s drywall. A hanging mirror has to have a strong frame.
If your new mirror already has hardware attached, it’s safe to hang. If you’re not sure
about an old mirror, you can reinforce the frame with angle brackets. Next, weigh the mirror–a bathroom scale works
fine. Hardware weight limits are listed on the package. Pick a spot to hang the mirror. Locating it
over a stud is helpful, but not necessary with the right anchors. Always mark the center
of the stud, and keep in mind utilities might be attached to it if the stud is near a light
switch, outlet, or faucet. Hold the mirror in place—close to eye level.
Mark the wall near the center of the top edge with a pencil or painter’s tape. On the back of the mirror you’ll probably
see D-rings or a wire. You can hang rings or wire from (two) hooks on the wall.
To get the right space between, stick a long piece of tape on a level, and mark the space
between the D-rings. Set the level aside and grab one of the mounting hooks. Lock it on
the ring, measure from the hole to the top of the mirror, and transfer this distance
to the wall using the line as a guide. Now center up your level on the wall and mark
the holes. If you’re in line with a stud, secure the
hardware to it. If not, install a wall anchor and attach the hardware. Now add bumpers to
the bottom of the mirror to prevent scratching the wall, and gently hang it on the hooks. You can also use metal cleats to hang mirrors
with sturdy frames, just follow the package directions. Usually, you position the top
cleat at the top of the frame, make shallow holes, and attach with screws. On the wall, level the bottom cleat, and secure
with screws. Then set the mirror in place. Now your blank walls can have a bit more personality. Want more great ideas and how-to’s? Go to or just click to subscribe. Next, add more décor to your home with new

24 thoughts on “How to Hang a Heavy Mirror or Picture

  1. The metal cleat system is a terrible idea, the wall wood stud is only 1.5" wide, the metal cleat is 6", you screw it to a hollow dry wall. Just figure it out.

  2. Jeez Louise!!!! I had no idea Lowes offered so many service including a home improvements department! This is my new home!!!!

  3. We found great little app for the iphone called Hang-a-pic to hang pictures evenly across any space. It does all the math for you and shows you exactly where to mark your nail positions. It saved us the headache of trying to figure out where to hammer in the nails evenly for hanging pictures. Just a great time saver for this kind of thing. Not sure if there is an android version though.

  4. I have those hooks and it is supposed to carry a heavy mirror, but the hook looks so fragile

  5. Exactly what I like

    To the dang point……

    I just watched a 15 minute video The explained to much and at the end I felt like I he was speaking Chinese. I didn’t understand jack 🤦🏻‍♀️

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